What the heck happened during the 2017 General Assembly?

Part Three: The Activism In years past, legislators in the General Assembly have come to realize that when a reproductive health bill is up for debate, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia advocates will be present to testify, lobby, and, if needed, protest. This year was no exception. NPCV advocates and volunteers traveled to Richmond nearly a dozen…

What the heck happened during the 2017 General Assembly?

Part Two: The Bad We’re still savoring our successes from the 2017 General Assembly session, but we can’t forget the major defeats. With the entire House of Delegates up for reelection this November, we kept a close eye on which politicians supported pro-choice policies – and which politicians fought to block or roll back reproductive…

What the heck happened during the 2017 General Assembly?

Part One: The Good After weeks of hearings, debates, and protests, the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session is over. As the dust settles, we’re looking back at a tumultuous series of ups and downs (a few more downs than ups, to be honest). We had a jam-packed six weeks. Our rockstar activists traveled to Richmond…

What We Wanted to Say

Last Thursday, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia members and dozens of women from across the Commonwealth woke up before dawn to drive hours to Richmond. They came armed with personal stories about the ways reproductive healthcare and abortion access have impacted their lives and their communities. Supporters, including students, medical professionals, mothers, and concerned citizens, were prepared…

My Experience of Supreme Court Victory

By Anna Coughlan, Advocacy and Communications Intern, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia It’s Monday, 10:05 a.m. I am standing in a huge crowd at the Supreme Court, waiting for the ruling that could arrive any minute on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Suddenly, a few young women near me start cheering and hugging each other. The excitement ripples…

UPDATE from the Virginia General Assembly

We’re halfway through Virginia Assembly legislative session! Tuesday was crossover, the final day the House and Senate have to act on their own bills before the bills “cross over” for consideration in the other body. This deadline means that the past few week have been action packed. We’ve been fighting tooth and nail to stop attacks…

Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition Announces 2016 Agenda

On January 13th, just before the General Assembly gaveled into session, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia joined our Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition partners for a press conference to unveil the group’s 2016 legislative agenda. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia executive director Tarina Keene kicked off the event by highlighting the coalition’s legislative priorities to protect women’s health: closing the…

Supreme Court Delivers Huge Blow to Women’s Health & Rights

By Sarah Hogg, Advocacy & Communications intern. Contact her @SarahLovely or e-mail her here. “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.” – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In less than one week, the Supreme Court has succeeded in alienating millions of women across Virginia & the United States.  Over the past week, the  highest…

A TRAP Tantrum in Manassas

A Manassas City Council member has spent 6 years leading a big-government crusade for burdensome clinic regulations. Monday night, he’ll try again.